Copyright-evidenceEvidence reported by marcuslucero for item secondiowacava00pierrich on Jun 27, 2006; no visible notice of copyright and date found; stated date is 1865; not published by the US government; Have not checked for notice of renewal in the Copyright renewal records.
I can't resist the temptation to review this 1865 book which is actually my great-grandfather's diary of his service in "The War of the Slave-driver's Rebellion" to use a term from his book. I have a copy of this book which I got from my father.
The book is light on exciting battle stories, but the story of their first engagement, their part in helping spring the other two cavalry regiments led by Col Grierson on their ride thru Mississippi in April 1863, and their good work on the far right of the Union line at the Battle of Nashville in December 1864 are worth reading.
I read this book nearly 70 years ago and thought that my great-grandfather had pretty much missed the war since he never mentioned anything that resonated with a young man in New Jersey. It wasn't until I read the preface to the novel "The Horse Soldiers" - circa 1956 - which was the basis of the John Wayne 1959 movie of the same name - that I realized that the 2nd Iowa was part of this audacious and highly successful cavalry mission which played a part in Grant's taking Vicksburg in July 1863.
The three actions I mentioned above are found on p.23, p.48, and p.143.